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Baldwin: I won't promote single-payer system for health care if elected


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin says if she’s elected, she would not promote the idea of having the federal government pay for all Americans’ health care.

It’s an idea she has promoted in the past as a member of the House. But at a news conference Thursday, Baldwin said she would focus on starting up the Obama health reform package and, “address anything about it that isn’t working.”

Baldwin says her previous support of a single-payer health system is irrelevant now, because the “Affordable Care Act” is now the law – and she helped pass it.

She says the challenge now is to make it work for Wisconsin. But there continues to be resistance to the package within the state.

Governor Scott Walker has refused to create a health insurance exchange that’s tailor-made for Wisconsin – and if the state doesn’t do it by next year, they’ll get a standard federal template to follow.

State Democrats have pushed Walker to create exchanges that are favorable to Wisconsin. But the governor has said he’s counting on Republican Mitt Romney winning the White House – and keeping his promise to repeal the health act.